With an inspirational introduction by Prime Minister Ben-Gurion, Israeli Yaakov Morris paints a large and lucid picture of his country's Negev desert, a region of increasing world interest and of probable forthcoming political intrigue. The author comments upon the recent historical findings vis-a-vis the famous Dead Sea scrolls, the Ein Geddi excavations, the ingenious engineering system of the ancient Nabateans and the communes of the Essens, those forerunners of Christianity. and even more interestingly, he documents current regional planning in settlements such as Lachish and Sdeh Boker, (where Ben-Gurion himself worked, symbolizing halutut, the Bibcal pioneering spirit), and the growing Negev metropolis of Beersheba and Eat. Already the scientist Zarchin has distilled, with U.S. backing, an amazing desalination process, and oil and gas companies have forged pipelines in the intractable Som. Warm and winning portraits of the author's countrymen abound, along with excellent photographs. A first-rate survey of an awakening world.